Part of what makes Ravenswood such a dynamic community is that it’s a hub for a variety of different industries. It’s also a progressive, health-conscious neighborhood, and its businesses reflect that. With the New Year having recently arrived, we know a lot of folks are making resolutions that involve working towards a healthier, happier existence. To that end, we’ve put together this brief guide highlighting some of the amazing local business that can help you meet your personal goals and improve the overall quality of your life. Cheers!

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Ballroom Dance Chicago – 4039 N Ravenswood

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Chicago’s top-rated wedding and social dance studio is located right here in the historic Ravenswood Corridor. Dancing is a wonderful way to improve mental and emotional health- there’s nothing like burning calories while learning a new skill and making some friends! Check out their website for information on private lessons, group classes and byob dance parties. 

Battle Balls – 4043 N Ravenswood, Suite 225

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What began on the football fields of Europe has become one of the hottest new league sports played in the US today! Bubble Soccer is a cross between soccer and zorbing, a sport where an individual rolls down the side of a hill in a giant plastic orb! In Bubble Soccer, a Battle Ball surrounds players while leaving their legs free to run around. The official product of the US Bubble Soccer Association, Battle Balls make for a phenomenal and unique source of exercise and team building.

Beneen Prendiville, Arbonne Independent Consultant

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It’s time to get healthy and feel great with Arbonne’s whole food and plant powered nutrition! Everything is certified vegan, gluten free, non-GMO, Kosher, free of artificial flavors and colors, alkaline forming, and have no soy or dairy. The products are designed to help your body detox, cleanse, and get back in balance. Arbonne Essentials are Pure, Safe, and Beneficial for the entire family!

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Chase Park – 4701 N Ashland

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Chase Park is a wonderful neighborhood resource for those looking to get moving, even in the dead of winter. The park is home to several indoor basketball leagues for children and adults, as well as floor hockey leagues, gymnastics, art lessons and adult Zumba classes. See their list of winter programs for further details.

Eye See Ravenswood – 4735 N Damen

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Local optometrist Dr. Andrea Stein’s Eye See Ravenswood is the perfect place to get your eye exams or to invest in a new pair of stylish frames. Among the myriad of services offered at the Damen Avenue office are LASIK evaluations, contact lens fittings and school examinations. An annual eye exam isn’t just for updating prescriptions or gretting new frames, it also allows doctors the chance to check for common eye diseases and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Maternal Child Connections – 4735 N Damen

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Maternal Child Connections is a local small-business owned by Lisa Zimmermann RN, CPN, IBCLC. MCC offers in-home lactation consultations, prenatal and postpartum education, and postpartum doula services. Lisa offers compassion and expertise during the postpartum period, as she has for the last seven years. MCC also offers a free support group for breastfeeding moms in the evenings once a month, to give her clients and community what she needed during her own postpartum experience.

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Movement Republic – 4526 N Ravenswood

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Ravenswood’s premiere crossfit location is home to a community of athletes who relentlessly pursue personal excellence, both inside and outside the gym. Their stated mission to “help all of our members build strength and confidence that transcends into all facets of their lives” should sound pretty attractive to those looking to get fit and focused in 2016. Movement Republic offers individual coaching focused on safe, precise movement and personal fitness and lifestyle goals, and has cultivated an incredibly supportive and encouraging environment.

New Day Network Wellness Center – 4308 N Lincoln

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New Day is Chicago’s destination for Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) care. Network Care is a gentle and holistic chiropractic solution to the stresses and pains of modern life. Run by Dr. Katie Ray, New Day focuses on addressing how the body deals with patterns of pain and stress. The center also partners with Young Living Essential Oils, offering products from their line, as well as workshops about the health benefits of using oils.

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River Valley Farmer’s Table – 1820 W Wilson

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River Valley Farmer’s Table is not only an incredible restaurant, it’s also home to a general store teeming with fresh, locally grown ingredients to help you make a great dinner at home. Eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor, as evidenced by River Valley’s impressive variety of salsas and seasonings, not to mention their famous mushroom tamales, which you can purchase fresh or frozen.

Sangha Community Acupuncture – 1828 W Wilson

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While Sangha offers traditional private acupuncture treatments, their unique “community acupuncture” program keeps this vital therapy affordable and accessible. Acupuncture works by activating physiological changes to regulate metabolic function and bring about balance, helping you feel more energetic, reduce the sensation of pain, improve digestion, alleviate stress and sleep more peacefully. Sangha also designs individualized nutritional programs that support your health goals with proper nutrition, high quality food based supplements and practical dietary guidance.

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Studio L’amour – 4001 N Ravenswood, Suite 205

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For those in search of slightly more exotic ways to get fit, Studio L’amour offers a variety of burlesque classes and workshops for students of all skill levels. Run by international burlesque star Michelle L’amour, the dojo for your mojo was opened to provide “a place where sensuality is explored through dance, confidence and social experiences.” L’amour’s teaching staff includes several other internationally recognized instructors who help create an exciting and inspiring studio environment. 

Swedish Covenant Hospital – 5145 N California

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This independent, non-profit teaching hospital provides medical services ranging from treatment and care for new families to physical therapy. Firmly committed to the health and vibrancy of our community, SCH was recently awarded a Leadership in Safety Award from CNA Healthcare, a recognition that supports their commitment to excellence in safety, outcomes and patient experience. The hospital offers a variety of classes and events centered on topics such as Senior Wellness, Nutrition & Fitness and Pregnancy & Parenting.

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Urban Athlete – 4710 N Ravenswood

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Home to clients like Chicago Dragons Rugby Football Club, the Chicago Gay Hockey Association and Chicago Outfit Roller Derby, Urban Athlete was founded as “an alternative to the mass marketing of personal training and classes.” Their staff of fitness professionals create personal exercise and nutrition programs that are as unique as each of their individual clients. Whether your preference is one on one coaching, semi-private training, or team training classes, the UA team will create a challenging program that will motivate you through your fitness journey!

Wellbeing Personalized Healthcare – 1767 W Wilson

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Wellbeing PHC provides high quality, holistic, natural healthcare for every member of the family. Utilizing a combination of chiropractic techniques, visceral manipulation, acupuncture, functional movement and rehabilitation, and nutritional counseling, their staff is focused on employing the least invasive treatments for your body. The staff at Wellbeing Personalized Healthcare believes that “wellness means more than the absence of pain and disease. It is having the energy to work and enjoy life to its fullest potential.” That’s a truly worthy goal, and they’ve got the staff to help you achieve it.